Category Archives: Professionalism

New job, new mission statement

As I prepare to start a new job with a new company, I’m excited and nervous.  I love new challenges because I like improving stuff, and a new place is going to have opportunities for both of us to grow.  I’m just saying … Continue reading

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Reviewing your people

*Disclaimer: this is not about my employer. This is about all companies everywhere. * If you are in charge of people, I guess you could either be the type of person who takes from people, or you could be the … Continue reading

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Should I make a backup?

Every now and then, someone will ask me this, or I will ask myself this: Should I make a backup before I apply these changes?  Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem necessary. Right? If you ever find yourself in this situation, … Continue reading

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When a process actually is a person

You’ve probably noticed that I talk a lot about processes. I often talk about how teams and departments need to have processes which are “not a person”. Mainly because processes can be designed to insulate against the flaws of people. … Continue reading

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Borrow my time machine

Let’s just say: what if I owned a time machine? But it isn’t the kind that will allow you or me to buy a lottery ticket or invest in the stock market or anything like that. It only allows a person to … Continue reading

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Occasionally testing your testing

A few months ago, I was accused of being sneaky.  My team was doing some dev/test cycles and promoting features & fixes. Let’s just say, I might have knowingly allowed a flaw to be promoted to test.  I didn’t intentionally … Continue reading

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Solving a problem that you don’t have

A few months ago, I had a discussion with a colleague about some hot new IT product and how we absolutely must change what we are doing and get onboard that bandwagon. Actually, that was his opinion. I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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